Maple Trees

Posted by Tammy Sons on 22nd Dec 2017

Maple Trees

The red maple trees are notorious for their dazzling fall colors. The Red Maple (Acer rubrum) is commonly found throughout the midwestern and southern United States. There are a few everyday things found in the varieties of the red maples.

If you are accustomed to evening walks around your neighborhood. You discover yourself continually eyeing the sidewalk. Watching for cracks in the sidewalks or where one part of the street is higher than the other. To ignore the street you may find your fall trip leaving you with a scraped up knee.

These red maple trees may be some of the culprits. The red maples possess a shallow root system. It is not unusual for some if its more massive roots to be near the surface. This can be detrimental to keeping a sidewalk flat and stable.

This tree is brilliant for attracting wildlife. If you are a fan of watching the squirrels scamper around the yard these trees are superb. The silver maple is probably more noted for its ability to attract squirrels; the red maple trees are not far behind.

On a smaller scale, the red maple is cultivated for its syrup. The sugar maple is more common for this. However, there are a few who will swear that the syrup in the red maple to be just as tasty as that of the sugar maple. As for the majority, the red maple is best as a shade and decorative tree or even bonsai art.

There are three common varieties of red maples which have a significant demand in the United States. Two of the types are true red maples. The third is a hybrid red maple.

This is a wonderful way to bring lots of bright color to a lawn or other landscape and these trees are a very popular one and is seen a lot planted on lawns of homeowners.  They provide wonderful curb appeal as they mature.  These trees are easily maintained and are easy to care for as they grow and mature.  They are shipped to the consumers from this nursery in bare root form and are very easy to plant.

The red sunset maple is sometimes confused with the October red maple. The two trees are in fact two distinct trees are in fact different. The red sunset maple botanically referred to as the Acer rubrum “Franks red.” This tree has an upright oval shape to it. The leaves are star-shaped.

The root system of this tree is shallow. This may cause problems with the sidewalk. It does make a good street border tree if there is no sidewalk. It is fast growing and therefore makes an ideal tree to use for that empty lawn.

This tree is very hardy and able to be planted in a wide variety of soil types. One of the things favored by the tree is how resistant it is to the hot summers. It is an excellent tree for the Midwest and the northern USA. Fret not if you live in the southern USA its co-partner is many time the favored tree for the south.


The October Glory red maple is botanically known as Acer rubrum “October glory” is very similar to the red sunset. The shape of the tree gives an oval, round shape. The leaf shape is more ovate.

It is a fast-growing tree which is common among the maples. The root system is slow growing but can have significant shallow roots. Which may not be friendly with sidewalks. It is ideal for areas that are sunny. You can also grow in full or partial shade. Pruning is needed to build a stable structure to the tree and is recommended in the red sunset maple as well.

The autumn blaze red maple is a hybrid tree. It is a cross of the red and silver maple. It is the most requested tree in the USA. The shape of this maple is a combination of both the October glory red maple and the red sunset. Its shape is oval/round and upright. This tree has an ovate leaf which provides an excellent show in the fall. This is when the color of the leaves will change to yellow, red, or orange. The leaves on the autumn blaze red maple last longer than other red maples.

Just like the actual red maples, it is recommended to prune this tree to make it more sturdy. This tree has low surface roots, so it is also a common enemy to sidewalks. It is a fast grower, therefore, is a plus when you need shade in the summer.

An excellent choice for a shade tree. Whether you are trying to choose between the autumn blaze red maple, the October glory red maple or that of the red sunset. If it is a shade tree, you are in need of with a preference for a fast growing tree. Any of the trees will meet that requirement. They are all similar in their dazzling fall shows. That never seems to disappoint. If you enjoy the evening company of the squirrels. These trees should be highly recommended.